Manila, May 27, 2016 — U.S. Embassy Manila’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) completed a 222 kilometer road project on Samar, thus creating new conditions for a significant improvement in that island’s economy. United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg led a delegation of U.S. MCC officials who joined Philippine officials, led by Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Emil Sadain, in Borongan on May 23.
The project seeks to improve the living conditions of the people of Samar by reducing transport time and cost and increasing access to basic services. About 300,000 people living in the vicinity will benefit from the rehabilitated road. Speaking about the future impact of the road, Ambassador Goldberg stated, “We hope to see Samar Island flourish as it continues to rise, and we hope this road helps pave the way to reach new heights.”
The closing event, held at the Provincial Gymnasium, Provincial Capitol Compound in Borongan City, Eastern Samar, concluded the rehabilitation of the “Millennium Road to Progress,” a secondary road spanning 14 municipalities and one city in the provinces of Samar and Eastern Samar, two of the poorest areas in the Philippines.
The Secondary National Roads Development Project (SNRDP) involved the rehabilitation of a 222-kilometer road, the replacement or rehabilitation of 61 bridges, and other improvements such as the construction of drainage canals and road safety features such as pedestrian crossings, railings, and lamp posts.
To ensure the project’s benefits went beyond just reliable transportation, it included an extensive tree replanting program, and an innovative community-based road maintenance arrangement that employs almost 1000 people.
Aside from the closing event, three side events were staged simultaneously to showcase the quality of the newly-rehabilitated roads: a Bike Fun Ride from Taft to Borongan, a Fun Run within the city of Borongan, and a motorcade from Guiuan to Borongan.
MCC funded SNRDP with a grant allocation of $222.5 Million. Millenium Challenge Account -Philippines is the entity responsible for the management and implementation of the $434 million compact from MCC, a U.S. government foreign aid agency at the forefront of fighting global poverty.
The compact is set to conclude its activities successfully on May 25, 2016. The Philippines was recently approved for another 5-year compact with the MCC.